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Key Rack to Jewelry Organizer

Projects are in full-swing around here - work on the side porch, flea market finds.... honestly, I'm making a mess!  When they're all done, though, things will be beautiful!  

I couldn't wait to share this one with you - 
I've been looking for a jewelry organizer for a long time.  I've pinned a bunch of them on Pinterest, but I just couldn't find the right thing to upcycle.  That all changed last week when I found an old key rack at the flea market:

It was perfect and I knew EXACTLY what to do with it!

First, I removed the cross-stitch from the center.  I used the cardboard to trace on a piece of needlework plastic canvas - which, by the way, I also found at the flea market - and they gave a piece for free!

I set that aside, so the painting could begin.  I spray painted the edges black since I was planning to distress this piece and I really like contrast. When that was dry, I gave it 3 coats of  white latex. After the white paint dried, it was time to get out the sand paper.  I used scraps from previous projects and got to work:

As you can see, when the sanding was done, I gave it 2 coats of polyacrylic (well, you can't see that!), drilled holes, added 5 cup hooks, and glued in the needlepoint plastic canvas.  

I hung it on the wall, added jewelry, and the project was complete!

Now, I can cross this off my "To-Do" list - unless this one gets too full and I need another one!!  

Thank you for visiting The Cottage - I hope you enjoyed this project and come back again soon to see some more.

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  1. Love how this turned out! Perfect Jewelry organizer!!

  2. So very clever, love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  3. Great idea! Way to see the treasure in that piece!


  4. Hi Ann, I stopped by to thank you for visiting to share your blog this week on Oh my Heartsie Girl, I hope you are doing well.

    I love how your diy project turned out, its perfect!!
    Wishing you a great week!

  5. It turned out really cute! I love the distressed look on it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope to see you again next week!

  6. A beautiful jewelry organizer! I am looking to make something for my necklaces, this is a great idea!

  7. Thank you, Katrin.
    You have a lovely blog - just popped over for a peek!
    I hope you'll stop by the Cottage again soon.


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